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  • St Margaret's Academy
    Barewell Road
    TQ1 4PA
  • Head: Susan Stell Ba Hons, Pgce
  • T 01803 327090
  • F 01803 322168
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Torbay
  • Pupils: 412
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 21st September 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 16th May 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 10th June 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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Special Education Needs

St Margaret's School includes the specialist Torbay provision for hearing impaired children. The Hearing Support Centre is fully equipped and staffed to work with up to ten hearing impaired and deaf children in the on-site Thistledown Nursery, and KS1 and KS2, and also provides outreach teaching and advice for children in other Torquay schools. The bright and cheerful centre is run by a qualified Teacher of the Deaf, and supported by an expert team of Teaching Assistants, who work alongside the children's class teachers to provide an inclusive curriculum and school experience for all the children. A Soundfield system is installed throughout the school to benefit the listening and speaking environment for both deaf and hearing children and teachers. The HSC staff has developed a high level both of speech development and sign language skills in order to meet the varying needs of the children. Their educational requirements are carefully assessed so that the appropriate balance of classroom work and small group or 1:1 in the HSC is achieved. Lessons in the HSC may be with their hearing peers too, who would also benefit from individualised learning programmes and working in small groups. Parents are always welcome to visit the HSC and there is a weekly parents' afternoon which is an opportunity to meet with other parents of hearing impaired children, and to learn communication skills, such as sign language, and strategies for reading, if wished. The HSC is registered to teach British Sign Language for all ages and both exam and non-exam courses are on-going. Further information is included on the St Margaret's School website.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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